‘Suspicious’ fire burns down buses and trailers used in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

‘Suspicious’ fire in New Jersey burns down buses and trailers used in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade but it won’t affect the celebrations

  • Seven buses and trailers went up in flames on Monday in Kearny, New Jersey, at Royal Buses Inc.
  • The cause of the fire is currently unknown, but investigators are calling it ‘suspicious’ until they are able to determine how it started 
  • The buses were supposed to be used as makeup trucks and house talent and production equipment for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 
  • The fire, however, won’t affect the annual parade as the company, On Time Elite, has other vehicles
  • Video of the fire shows a ladder truck dousing the flames, while firefighters used hoses on the ground to control the blaze
  • After the fire was put out, charred frames of the destroyed buses remained. Each bus is reportedly worth $670,000 each 

Bus and trailers that were expected to be used in the 96th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City have been burnt to a crisp in a ‘suspicious’ fire, but it won’t affect the celebrations. 

A groundskeeper noticed the vehicles parked at Royal Buses Inc. had gone up in flames when they arrived around 6am on Monday, lighting up around seven buses and shooting flames through the parking lot. 

It is unknown how the fire started and investigators are calling it ‘suspicious’ as a precaution. 

The buses were supposed to be used starting on Tuesday in parade efforts, but it won’t affect the annual event as the company, On Time Elite, has other vehicles parked in different locations. Those are expected to be used in the parade now. 

Video of the event shows a ladder truck dousing the flames, while firefighters used hoses on the ground to control the blaze. 

Seven buses and trailers went up in flames in Kearny, New Jersey, on Monday in a 'suspicious' fire. Investigators are still searching for an answer as to how the fire originated

Seven buses and trailers went up in flames in Kearny, New Jersey, on Monday in a ‘suspicious’ fire. Investigators are still searching for an answer as to how the fire originated 

Firefighters were seen battling large plumes of smoke as they doused the flames. The seven buses and trailers were meant to be used as makeup trucks and to house talent and production equipment for the 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Firefighters were seen battling large plumes of smoke as they doused the flames. The seven buses and trailers were meant to be used as makeup trucks and to house talent and production equipment for the 96th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 

A groundskeeper noticed the vehicles parked at Royal Buses Inc. had gone up in flames when they arrived around 6am on Monday after he was 'woken up' by it

A groundskeeper noticed the vehicles parked at Royal Buses Inc. had gone up in flames when they arrived around 6am on Monday after he was ‘woken up’ by it 

The buses were supposed to be used, starting Tuesday, for the Macy's Parade

The buses were supposed to be used, starting Tuesday, for the Macy’s Parade 

Large plumes of gray smoke billow upwards, leaving firefighters with little visibility. 

After the fire was put out, charred frames of the destroyed buses remained, covering the area in soot. A large pile of metal was left behind, not even a bus frame visible among the wreckage. 

Royal Buses said it had ‘no clue’ how the blaze started and that the groundskeeper – who was not injured – was ‘woken up’ by the fire. 

‘We don’t have any more information. We don’t know why it occurred, how it happened,’ Chrisel Flores, a booking agent for the company, told New Jersey 101.5. 

The Kearny Fire Department is investigating and were seen taking photos of the damage after the blaze. 

Each bus is reportedly worth $670,000, according to ABC 7

Macy’s believes it will find replacement buses and trailers in time for the parade on Thursday, which kicks off at 8.45am. 

The damaged buses were supposed to be used as makeup trucks and house talent and production equipment, according to CBS News

DailyMail.com has contacted parade organizers for comment.  

After the fire was put out, charred frames of the destroyed buses remained, covering the area in soot

After the fire was put out, charred frames of the destroyed buses remained, covering the area in soot

A large pile of metal was left behind, not even a bus frame visible among the wreckage

A large pile of metal was left behind, not even a bus frame visible among the wreckage

On Time Elite owned the buses that were parked at Royal Buses Inc (pictured). The damage is not expected to hinder the parade, as the company has other buses at different locations

On Time Elite owned the buses that were parked at Royal Buses Inc (pictured). The damage is not expected to hinder the parade, as the company has other buses at different locations 

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